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June 14, 2013


 

Chronic Disease Directors, Coordinated Chronic Disease Program Leads, Chronic Disease Program Leads, and Block Grant Coordinators:

 

Welcome to the Coordinated State Support Branch’s (CSSB) weekly update featuring news, tools, and resources that may be useful for your state-based chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts. 

Should you have any questions about the update, please feel free to contact Branalyn Williams, bkwilliams@cdc.gov.

 

Features highlighted in this update include:

 

Cross-Cutting Updates:

·        Achieving Pharmacy-Based Public Health: A Call for Public Health Engagement

·        Using Health Information Technology (HIT) to Improve Rural Health Care: A Case Study

·        Expanding Our Capacity to Treat Mental Health and Other Chronic Diseases

·        ACA: It's Good for Business

·        New Journal Connects Transportation and Public Health

·        Innovation Awards Webinar:  Opportunities for Advancing Community Prevention and Population Health, June 14 (Webinar)

·        US News & World Report: America's 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids

·        NewPublicHealth.org: NYC as a Public Health Model

·        Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission Releases Health Brief, Where We Live Matters for Our Health: Neighborhoods and Health

 

Diabetes:

·        Billing and Reimbursement for Diabetes Self-Management - A Local Perspective, June 17 (NACCHO Webinar) 

 

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity:

·        Research: Consumers Want Menu Labeling

·        Healthy Cornerstore Initiative Produce Distribution System

·        Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America, June 19 (Webcast)

·        The New American Dream: Walking and Bicycling into the 21st Century

·        Take Advantage of Early Bird Rates for the Safe Routes to School National Conference

·        National Open Streets Training Event Coming This Summer

·        Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs: Comparative Effectiveness Review and Meta-Analysis

·        Food Access and Economic Impacts: Trends and New Research, June 27 (Webinar)

·        Is Your School Ready for Recess? September 10 & 17 (Webinar)

o   Part 1: Ready for Recess: Changing Policy and Practice to Support Students’ Physical Activity

o   Part 2: Get Your School Ready for Recess 

·        Know, Grow, and Eat Your Vegetables - Increasing Access to Healthier Foods Among Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, June 19 (NACCHO Webinar)

Community Health:

·        Building Healthier Communities through Let’s Move! Webinar (June 19)

·        NACCHO & CDC Communications: Communicating Public Health - Why Do We Have to Market Something Everyone Should Already Want?, June 19 (Webinar Series)

 

CROSS-CUTTING UPDATES

ACHIEVING PHARMACY-BASED PUBLIC HEALTH: A CALL FOR PUBLIC HEALTH ENGAGEMENT

This article in the most recent issue of Public Health Reports discusses the partnership and collaborative opportunities between pharmacy and public health. Community pharmacies now provide a wide range of public health services, including screening for diabetes and cardiovascular disease and health education consultation for a range of health risks and conditions, such as diabetes. The article suggests that collaborative policy and research agendas can guide system change that will strengthen community pharmacies as public health partners. The authors conclude that the public health community can strengthen the intersection of public health and pharmacy practice by shifting the policy environment to allow for health system flexibility.

 

USING HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (HIT) TO IMPROVE RURAL HEALTH CARE: A CASE STUDY

Health Information Technology (HIT) has the potential to significantly improve care delivery, especially in rural, or other underserved areas. A new case study published by The Commonwealth Fund examines the work of the Colorado Beacon Consortium, part of the federally-funded Beacon Community Program. The consortium sponsors a learning collaborative and coaching for 51 primary care practices in seven predominantly rural Colorado counties, helping them to build capacity for using electronic health records and analytic tools and for engaging in team-based quality measurement and improvement. The authors report that early results from the work in Colorado indicate increased provision of preventive and chronic care, improved workflow and teamwork in physician practices, and enhanced capability to prepare for health care delivery and payment reforms. Click here for full article.

 

EXPANDING OUR CAPACITY TO TREAT MENTAL HEALTH AND OTHER CHRONIC DISEASES

On June 14, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, GE Foundation, and University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center will announce a new national institute focused on replicating Project ECHO, and the launch of an innovative mental health clinic that could serve as a model for expanding access to behavioral health care nationwide. Project ECHOlaunched by Sanjeev Arora, MD, is a transformative model of medical education and care management, dramatically expanding the capacity of primary care providers to deliver high-quality specialty care to patients with complex, chronic conditions. Register for the announcement and panel discussionmoderated by Nancy Snyderman, MD, of NBC News.

 

ACA: IT’S GOOD FOR BUSINESS

Analysts estimate that 1.5 million more people will launch their own businesses and become self-employed because of key provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will make purchasing high-quality insurance on the open market more accessible and affordable. The Urban Institute and Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute authored the study. Learn more, and check out a new infographic.

 

NEW JOURNAL CONNECTS TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH 
The new Journal of Transport & Health will feature research on the many interactions between transport and health. Topics will include the impacts on public health and inequalities of active modes of transport, noise and air pollution generated by transport and road traffic injuries. Manuscripts are being accepted on an ongoing basis and are welcomed from around the world.

 

INNOVATION AWARDS WEBINAR: OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADVANCING COMMUNITY PREVENTION AND POPULATION HEALTHJUNE 14, 11:30AM (PT)

Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute and Trust for America’s Health will co-host a Dialogue4Health webinar to provide information on a dynamic new funding opportunity offered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Click here to register for this webinar. We are honored to have Jim Hester, PhD, former director of the Population Health Models Group at CMMI, as a speaker. Webinar speakers also include:

  • Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of Trust for America's Health
  • Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, board member at Public Health Institute, senior vice president of Community Health & Equity and chief wellness officer at Henry Ford Health Systems, and former Michigan surgeon general
  • Larry Cohen, MSW, founder and executive director of Prevention Institute
  • A representative from the University of Chicago Community Rx System Project, a recipient of a Round One CMMI Innovation Award
  • Moderator: Matthew Marsom, vice president for Public Health Policy and Advocacy at Public Health Institute

The Innovation Awards, an important part of Health Reform legislation, will support public and private organizations to develop and test new payment and healthcare delivery models that improve quality and reduce the costs of treating people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The funding announcement includes a category for "models that improve the health of populations.” This is a great opportunity to build momentum for the kind of health system transformation that will result in healthy people and places everywhere.

CMMI has invited a variety of innovators including providers, local governments, community-based organizations, payers and health systems to apply, individually or as in partners. During the webinar, speakers from our three organizations will discuss the opportunity for applicants to submit proposals to develop new payment models that advance and incentivize community prevention.

If you are engaged in some of this cutting-edge work, we encourage you to submit a letter of intent in the population health category. The Innovation Center has released detailed instructions on how to apply for an awardA Letter of Intent is due at the end of the month; applications are due in August. We greatly appreciate the Innovation Center for its leadership and for this opportunity to advance population health.


US NEWS & WORLD REPORT: AMERICA’S 50 HEALTHIEST COUNTIES FOR KIDS

America's 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids, a new set of rankings by U.S. News, highlights counties that feature [among other data related to the health of kids] fewer infant deaths, fewer low-birth-weight babies, fewer deaths from injuries, fewer teen births and fewer children in poverty.Access article & rankings.

 

Editor's Note: The rankings were developed with the help of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, which evaluates health data for the U.S. population as part of its County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program, a collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

NEWPUBLICHEALTH.ORG: NYC PUBLIC HEALTH AS MODEL
As scholars together at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, public health researchers Kimberley Roussin Isett, PhD, and Miriam Laugesen, PhD, watched major policy changes unfold across the city over the past several years. They decided to look at New York City as a model for improving public health that other cities could replicate. Access article.

 

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION COMMISSION ON HEALTH RELEASES HEALTH BRIEF, WHERE WE LIVE MATTERS FOR OUR HEALTH: NEIGHBORHOODS AND HEALTH

The health brief of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission on Health, Where We Live Matters for Our Health: Neighborhoods and Health, gives a good overview of how neighborhoods we live in shape our behaviors and influence our health.

 

DIABETES

NACCHO WEBINAR: BILLING AND REIMBURSEMENT FOR DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT – A LOCAL PERSPECTIVE, JUNE 17, 1:00PM (ET)

Local health departments often provide Diabetes Self-Management Education/Training (DSME/T) classes in their communities, but many do not have reimbursement systems in place to bill for and sustain these important services. This NACCHO webinar will highlight the North Carolina Diabetes Education Recognition Program and show how billing for DSME/T was set up by Wilkes County Health Department, one of the local health departments involved in the program. The webinar will share resources that local health departments and programs can use for developing reimbursement models, while also addressing how the Affordable Care Act impacts diabetes services. The webinar will be onMonday, June 17 from 1-2 pm ET. Please click here to register.

 

NUTRITION, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, AND OBESITY

RESEARCH: CONSUMERS WANT MENU LABELING

As the Food and Drug Administration works to finalize national menu labeling regulations, a new research review from Healthy Eating Research shows most consumers want menu labeling at the point of purchase in restaurants and cafeterias.

Other findings from the review of nearly 50 studies published between 2008 and 2012 show:

  • Customers notice menu labels at the point of purchase, and those labels increase their awareness of nutritional information.
  • The impact of menu labeling may be greater among women and on higher-calorie items.

 

In addition to the research review, two new RWJF-supported studies received national media attention: The first study shows that when people eat fast food, they consume more calories than they realize; the second study shows that menu labels can help people choose lower-calorie options. Read more.

 

HEALTHY CORNERSTORE INITIATIVE PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

To increase availability of fresh produce in WIC (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), (WIC)-authorized small stores and cornerstores, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) developed a distribution system that links small stores with produce distributors on a year-round basis. IATP partnered with the Minnesota Department of Health WIC Program to begin formative work in 2008 and the initiative currently reaches 500 small stores, including 200 WIC-authorized small stores. IATP worked with the Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT) to translate their successful Healthy Cornerstone Initiative for implementation by others.

 

Visit the Center TRT website to learn about essential components, resources required, and keys to success for creating a similar program in your area.

 

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION COMMISSION TO BUILD A HEALTHIER AMERICA WEBCAST, JUNE 19

Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America as it hears testimony from leading experts regarding how best to support health in communities and during early childhood. The Commission is charged with identifying actions the nation should take now to improve health. The webcast will be on Wednesday, June 19 from 9-12:30 pm. Please click here to register.

 

THE NEW AMERICAN DREAM: WALKING AND BICYCLING INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

new study from U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group shows that after decades of steady growth, U.S. driving rates have slowed – and even stalled. The Millennial generation is leading the change and drove 23 percent fewer miles on average in 2009 than people of the same age group did in 2001—a greater decline in driving than any other age group. Rising gas prices and municipal smart growth strategies are also fueling the shift. What does this mean for the future of transportation and Safe Routes to School?

 

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY BIRD RATES FOR THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL CONFERENCE 
Register for the National Partnership's free Annual Meeting at the same time
Early-bird registration rates are available until June 28 for the 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference, held in Sacramento, CA, August 13-15, 2013. To register, visit the conference website at www.saferoutesconference.orgDon’t miss out on participating in more than 60 sessions, seven tours of model projects and programs, networking opportunities, and exciting interactive features including an on-site Charitable Bike Build.

You can register for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s FREE Annual Meeting on August 12 in Sacramento at the same time as you register for the conference. We encourage you to come early to Sacramento participate in our  event which will include interactive roundtable discussions, giving you an opportunity to both share and learn more about how to be as effective as possible in advancing your goals.

 

NATIONAL OPEN STREETS TRAINING EVENT COMING THIS SUMMER!

Imagine if your local main street were temporarily closed to car traffic to make way for walking, biking and playing. How great would it be to see families biking and walking in normally traffic-clogged streets? Now is your chance to jump-start Open Streets in your community. Our partners at the Open Streets Project are excited to announce the first National Open Streets Training in Minneapolis, Aug. 9-11. The National Open Streets training will help enterprising advocates, local governments officials and business groups start their planning processes on the right foot. The training will discuss the key elements of successful Open Streets, including coalition-building, outreach to key stakeholders, marketing and branding, choosing a successful route and more. Learn more and register online.

 

CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION PROGRAMS: COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS 
http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/search-for-guides-reviews-and reports/?pageaction=displayproduct&productID=1524&ECem=130610

 

FOOD ACCESS AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS: TRENDS AND NEW RESEARCH, JUNE 27, 11:00AM (PT)
Studies have shown that healthy food retail improves the economic health and well-being of communities, and can help to revitalize struggling business districts by supplying local jobs; creating foot traffic; and attracting complementary stores and services like banks, pharmacies, and restaurants. Healthy food retail can also increase or stabilize home values in nearby neighborhoods, generate local tax revenues, and promote additional spending in the local economy. 

This webinar will provide the latest research on the economic impact of healthy food retail. Join us to explore how new healthy food retail provides jobs and other positive economic impacts to surrounding communities. Register here.

 

Featured Speakers:

  • Patricia L. Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, The Reinvestment Fund (moderator)
  • Lance Loethen, Research Associate, The Reinvestment Fund
  • Dick Voith, Senior Vice President and Principal, Econsult Corporation

IS YOUR SCHOOL READY FOR RECESS WEBINAR SERIES: SEPTEMBER 10 & 17, 10:00AM (PT)

Part 1: Ready for Recess: Changing Policy and Practice to Support Students’ Physical Activity

This is part one of a two-part Web Forum series designed to promote more physically active recess in schools. Click here for part 2.  Register.


Part one is intended for school administrators, public health practitioners (e.g. school wellness coordinators), and parents who want to learn how to influence policies and practices that support the overall health and well-being of students.

Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D. and Aaron Beighle, Ph.D., experts in improving physical activity in children, will discuss the Ready for Recess program, which works to reverse the trend of childhood obesity with specific strategies and tactics to maximize the benefits of recess. This program is based on research conducted by Drs. Huberty and Beighle, which showed that children are most active at recess when environments support physical activity participation.

During this Web Forum, presenters will discuss:

  • The academic and health benefits of recess being frequent and efficient;
  • Which tools are needed to encourage children to be physically active at recess;
  • What administrators can do to support teachers and staff to implement activities at recess; and
  • How parents and public health practitioners can advocate for recess that promotes more physical activity.

PART 2: GET YOUR SCHOOL READY FOR RECESS

This is part two of a two-part Web Forum series on the Ready for Recess program, which was developed by Jennifer Huberty, Ph.D. and Aaron Beighle, Ph.D., experts in improving physical activity in children. Part two is intended for teachers and other school staff who are directly involved with leading recess activities. The Ready for Recess program can help prevent and alleviate childhood obesity by increasing students’ ability to be more physically active during recess through practice and environmental changes.

During this Web Forum, presenters will discuss:

  • The academic and health benefits of recess being frequent and efficient;
  • Easy and fun activities teachers and staff can implement to get students more active;
  • How support and participation can motivate children to be more active; and
  • How to be creative with equipment, space and temperature to promote physical activity.

 

Link to website: www.livewellomaha.org/ReadyforRecess

 

NACCHO: KNOW, GROW, AND EAT YOUR VEGETABLES – INCREASING ACCESS TO HEALTHIER FOODS AMONG INDIVIDUALS WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, JUNE 19, 2:00PM (ET)

Obesity is a public health epidemic, and the crisis is worse for people with disabilities, who are 58% more likely to be obese than people without disabilities. The Know, Grow, and Eat Your Vegetables program in Schenectady County, New York was developed to address obesity and other related health burdens disproportionately faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join this webinar to learn about this collaboration between Schenectady County Public Health Services and Schenectady ARC which was recognized as a Model Practice by NACCHO in 2012. Learn about how a local health department can effectively partner with community-based organizations to address health disparities faced by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The webinar will be on Wednesday, June 19 from 2-3:30 pm EST. Please click here to register. 

 

COMMUNITY HEALTH

BUILDING HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES THROUGH LET’S MOVE!

A free webinar to be held on Wednesday, June 19 will feature a call from first lady Michelle Obama to local leaders to take action to prevent childhood obesity and to make their communities a healthier place to live. Join this webinar to learn about tools, resources and recognition opportunities available to counties through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties and hear about ways that counties have enhanced their local efforts in promoting improved nutrition and increased physical activity in their communities. Register today.

 

NACCHO & CDC COMMUNICATIONS WEBINAR SERIES: COMMUNICATING PUBLIC HEALTH – WHY DO WE HAVE TO MARKET SOMETHING EVERYONE SHOULD ALREADY WANT? 

NACCHO and the CDC have joined forces in an unprecedented effort to help strengthen LHD communications capacity. Four webinars from June through September will explore marketing and branding, message clarity, new media, and evaluation. Learn more about the webinars in the attached flyer and online here. The first webinar in the series, Communicating Public Health: Why Do We Have to Market Something Everyone Should Already Want?, will be held on Wednesday, June 19 from 3-4 pm EST. Please click here to register. The webinar will be limited to 100 participants